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Title: The interstitialcy diffusion in FCC copper: A molecular dynamics study

Damage of materials due to neutron irradiation occurs via energetic cascades caused by energetic primary knock-on atoms (PKA) created by the energetic neutron as it passes through the material. These cascades result in creation of Frenkel Pairs (interstitials and vacancies). The interstitials and vacancies diffuse and recombine to (I) nullify the damage when an interstitial recombines with a vacancy, (II) form interstitial clusters when two or more interstitials recombine, and (III) form vacancy clusters when several vacancies come together. The latter two processes result in change of material properties. Interstitial diffusion has reported time-scales of microseconds and vacancy diffusion has diffusion time-scales of the order of seconds. We have carried out molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of interstitial diffusion in crystal Cu to study the mechanism of diffusion. It is found that interstitialcy diffusion – wherein an interstitial displaces a lattice atom thereby making the lattice atom an interstitial – has time-scales of a few tens of pico-seconds. Therefore we propose that the “interstitialcy diffusion” mechanism could play a major part in the diffusive-recombinations of the Frenkel Pairs created during the cascade.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Nucl. Phys Dept., Andhra University, Visakhapatnam– 530003 (India)
  2. Computational Analysis Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Visakhapatnam – 530012 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22490502
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1665; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 59. DAE solid state physics symposium 2014, Tamilnadu (India), 16-20 Dec 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; COPPER; CRYSTALS; DIFFUSION; FCC LATTICES; INTERSTITIALS; IRRADIATION; KNOCK-ON; MOLECULAR DYNAMICS METHOD; NEUTRON FLUENCE; PHYSICAL RADIATION EFFECTS; VACANCIES